Biggest moments of 2011 #19 Pippa’s arse steals the show
The event promising all class instead gave us all arse. It was meant to be the wedding of the century, the day commoner Kate Middleton finally married her prince, but it turned into the biggest upstaging of the century.
While millions of girls cried as they watched their chances of marrying Prince William sink to the bottom of the ocean, the boys were crying about a different kind of bottom. The eyes of the world weren’t on the bride, but on her sister as she serenely squatted to adjust the royal wedding dress.
What happened next
A Facebook page, Twitter account and numerous websites dedicated to Pippa’s behind popped up around the world. Men asked for a “Pippa’s Bum Appreciation Day” and women asked their plastic surgeons for “The Pip Package” on the promise of a perfect posterior. Journalists searched every crack and crevice for the most original butt puns of the rear, sorry, year. Many were left behind. Sorry again.
What we learned
We learned that when people say beauty comes from within, they really mean it comes from within a figure-hugging dress. Many people also learned the meaning of the words “bootyliscious” and “ass-tastic”.
We also learned, or rather were reminded, that The Royal Family will never be rid of scandal. Cracks always appear on the surface, so to speak.
How the Punch covered it
In typically forthright style, Melinda Tankard Reist said the widespread slobbering over Pippa’s arse reminded us how the objectification of women is so deeply entrenched in our culture. In a piece that generated a huge reader response, she equated men’s lascivious comments to “the virtual sexual harassment of Pippa Middleton”.
“Ease up,” said QLD academic and regular Puncher Stephen Harrington. “We’re not all bum-obsessed trolls.” Harrington agreed that some of the comments about Pippa’s behind were disrespectful and inappropriate, but asked to not be lumped in with “sickos, whack-jobs and nut bars out there”.
He made a fair point that while men have always lusted after a good derriere, there has never been a point in history where they could make their thoughts so visible. Therefore the sheer proliferation of comments doesn’t equate to the whole of society becoming one big porn film set.
That’s all very well. But when you consider that the Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society has 241, 833 members, you’ve got to wonder.
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